The Best Football Players Ever Football Players (American)
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The Best Football Players Ever

List Criteria: Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
    Up 548
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    the people's #1
    Jerry Rice

    1962 More
    100
  2. 2
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    Down 193

    most listed
    Joe Montana

    1956 More
    99
  3. 3
    Up 490
    Down 135
    1968 More
    98
  4. 4
    Up 452
    Down 170
    1954 More
    98
  5. 5
    Up 312
    Down 142
    1959 More
    88
  6. 6
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    Down 163
    1936 More
    87
  7. 7
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    Down 245
    1976 More
    86
  8. 8
    Up 263
    Down 150
    1960 More
    83
  9. 9
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    Down 114
    1961 More
    81
  10. 10
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    Down 129

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Johnny Unitas

    1933 More
    81
  11. 11
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    Down 139
    1961 More
    80
  12. 12
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    Down 193
    1977 More
    80
  13. 13
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    Down 94
    1946 More
    79
  14. 14
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    Down 120
    1969 More
    78
  15. 15
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    1942 More
    77
  16. 16
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    1969 More
    77
  17. 17
    Up 251
    Down 130
    1975 More
    73
  18. 18
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    Down 93

    ranked low on reranks
    Deion Sanders

    1967 More
    72
  19. 19
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    Down 87
    1959 More
    72
  20. 20
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    Down 95
    1921 More
    72
  21. 21
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    Down 69
    1934 More
    72
  22. 22
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    1948 More
    72
  23. 23
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    Down 45
    1960 More
    72
  24. 24
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    Down 71
    1938 More
    72
  25. 25
    Up 165
    Down 102
    1976 More
    70
  26. 26
    Up 116
    Down 66
    1914 More
    70
  27. 27
    Up 150
    Down 75
    1961 More
    70
  28. 28
    Up 185
    Down 72

    ranked low on reranks
    Adrian Peterson

    1985 More
    69
  29. 29
    Up 109
    Down 84

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mike Singletary

    1958 More
    68
  30. 30
    Up 158
    Down 76
    1977 More
    68
  31. 31
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    Down 65
    1952 More
    67
  32. 32
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    Down 69
    1943 More
    66
  33. 33
    Up 120
    Down 58
    1973 More
    66
  34. 34
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    Down 62
    1955 More
    66
  35. 35
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    Down 57
    1927 More
    66
  36. 36
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    Down 67
    1939 More
    65
  37. 37
    Up 108
    Down 56
    1965 More
    65
  38. 38
    Up 115
    Down 75
    1966 More
    65
  39. 39
    Up 91
    Down 71
    1963 More
    64
  40. 40
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    Down 62
    1913 More
    63
  41. 41
    Up 97
    Down 61
    1936 More
    62
  42. 42
    Up 60
    Down 56

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Raymond Berry

    1933 More
    61
  43. 43
    Up 79
    Down 51
    1942 More
    61
  44. 44
    Up 79
    Down 69
    1925 More
    59
  45. 45
    Up 75
    Down 65
    1940 More
    59
  46. 46
    Up 76
    Down 51
    1945 More
    59
  47. 47
    Up 99
    Down 61
    1952 More
    59
  48. 48
    Up 60
    Down 41
    1945 More
    59
  49. 49
    Up 86
    Down 42

    ranked low on reranks
    Jack Ham

    1948 More
    58
  50. 50
    Up 41
    Down 23
    1978 More
    58
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